Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Could be Worse Than Outdoors in Edmonton

We spend a lot of time inside our houses. In fact, an Environmental Protection Agency survey found Americans spend about 90 percent of their lives inside. The survey also found Canadians spend a similar span of time in buildings.

Believe indoor air is superior in Edmonton? Rethink that. Indoor air pollutant levels are regularly two to five times greater than outdoor air pollution levels, according to the EPA. This can lead to a severe effect on your health.

McKinley Heating Service Experts can make your home’s air healthier with our indoor air quality (IAQ) units. And you can breathe easily knowing all our excellent services are supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.* Get started by requesting a free Home Health® report.

Enhanced indoor air quality could help you stay healthier and make your HVAC equipment last longer.

 

How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

McKinley Heating Service Experts has several options for fighting pollution indoors. We’re Experts in accomplishing the most ideal indoor air quality for your home.

Air Filtration Systems

We can help you learn the differences between each type of whole-home air cleaner, purifier and filter.

  • HEPA filters—removes 99.97 percent of irritants; often installed in hospitals.
  • Media air cleaners—up to 40 times more effective than a regular air filter.
  • Electronic air cleaners—uses electrically charged, washable filters to lower pollutants.

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Germicidal UV Light Systems

These systems emit high-intensity UV beams to reduce bacteria, mold and viruses. The light can clean your home’s air, ductwork and heating/cooling equipment. And lower the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50 percent as fast as 45 minutes.

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Whole-Home Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

A whole-home humidifier can reduce respiratory infections and allergy and asthma symptoms. It can also get rid of static and help you avoid dry air damage to your things.

A whole-home dehumidifier can protect against mold and mildew while enhancing comfort.

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Ventilation Systems

Installing a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from being stale and manage humidity levels.

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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

Mold, pollen and pet dander are common pollution sources in your house. Other sources include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs can be expelled by products in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be detected in various air fresheners and scented candles. Heightened VOCs can cause respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other problems.

Many scientific studies have found respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are connected to poor indoor air quality. Allergies can also be worsened by indoor air quality issues.

 

10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality

If your family has symptoms that intensify at home and get better when you leave, you may be struggling with indoor pollution. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your health.

  1. Lingering cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never improves could be linked to air quality. This is especially true if you don’t feel sick when you leave your home.
  2. Watery, itchy or dry eyes. Your eyes are susceptible to indoor pollution and may react by becoming dry, itchy or watery.
  3. Exhaustion or feeling faint. Breathing in chemical pollutants can have an influence on your energy levels.
  4. Constant asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be circulated through the air or get stuck in carpet.
  5. Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can cause these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
  6. Too much dust despite periodic cleaning. You may need to put in a new air filter or add a filtration system from McKinley Heating Service Experts.
  7. Humidity imbalances. Dryness can cause scratchy eyes and amplify respiratory symptoms. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew growth.
  8. Stuffy smell. Mold or mildew thrives when the humidity in your home is too high.
  9. Hot or cold spots. This can be tied to air quality, especially if your HVAC system is having trouble controlling temperature and humidity.
  10. Nausea. This can be a response to the chemicals or pollutants in your home. It can also be a indication of high carbon monoxide levels. Ensure that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.